Early voting starts today

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

From Staff Reports

Early voting in Tennessee starts today. Voters are to elect a president, congressmen and state lawmakers.

Meanwhile, Chapel Hill voters are deciding whether they want liquor stores in their north Marshall County town of 1,500 people.

In the presidential race, incumbent Barack Obama is challenged by Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee and former governor of Massachusetts.

Because of reapportionment based on the 2010 census, Marshall County will have a new congressman and a new state representative.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) was elected two years ago to represent the 4th Congressional District, which has new boundaries drawn by state lawmakers and now includes Marshall County. DesJarlais is being challenged by state Sen. Eric Stewart of Winchester. Marshall County was previously in the 6th District.

Redistricting also removed Marshall County from its old State House district, making it the only whole county in the new 93rd District, along with parts of Lincoln, Franklin and Marion counties.

Two Lewisburg residents are competing for the 93rd District seat. They are Democrat Vicki Cain and Republican Billy Spivey. It's Cain's first foray into politics. Spivey has been a county commissioner who served as commission chairman. Spivey ran unsuccessfully to represent Marshall County's previous district two years ago.

Marshall County has been represented by state Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) for a decade but is being moved into a new state Senate district as well. State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) is unopposed for the 14th District seat.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Chattanooga) has a Democratic challenger, Mark Clayton, who has been disavowed by the party leadership, and faces other independent and third-party candidates as well.